ST. TAMMANY PARISH, LA (WVUE) - St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Deputies say Terry Crowe, 65, hit three of the special needs adults that she cared for as a foster mother.
Two of the adults, ages 18 and 22, told a teacher at the high school they attend that Crowe hit them. They also said Crowe hit a 36-year-old in her care. The sheriff's report states that all three had visible marks and bruises.
The 18-year-old and the 36-year-old are foster children placed in Crowe's care, according to Sheriff's investigators, and the 22-year-old had been adopted by Crowe. All three have been in her home for several years.
According to our partners at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, Crowe and her husband, Doug, were recognized in 2010 by the Angels in Adoption organization. The couple was nominated by then-Sen. Mary Landrieu for their commitment as foster parents for 30 years, and for adopting 12 special needs children.
Deputies say five additional special needs individuals, four adults and one 11-year-old child, also lived in the home. At this time, it's not believed they have been injured. The 11-year-old has been removed from the home by the Department of Child and Family Services and the adults are receiving 24-hour care from Adult Protective Services.
Crowe is being held in the St. Tammany Parish jail on a $55,000 bond.